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Prof. Lev Murokh

“ No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong. ”
- Albert Einstein

Prof. Murokh has established a vigorous research program addressing charge and energy transfer at the nanoscale both in conventional semiconductor nanostructures and especially in living organisms. The main object of these studies, living organisms at the nanoscale, can be viewed as molecular complexes, whose dynamics is often controlled by the transfer of single charges or single-photon absorption events. In many senses, it is similar to the principles of operation of semiconductor nanostructures and elements of molecular electronics. In the interdisciplinary research of Prof. Murokh, combining biological, physical, material, and engineering sciences, this similarity is explored. The goals are (i) to shed light on the processes occurring in biological systems, (ii) to enable mimicking these processes in physical systems, which are easier to control and to access experimentally, and (iii) to facilitate building electronic and photonic devices combining with the machinery of life. These studies are based on his recent works in conventional nanoelelctronics performed in collaboration with various experimentalists, such as Prof. J. Bird (University at Buffalo), Prof. R. Blick (Hamburg University, Germany), Profs. I. Kuskovsky and F. Cadieu (Queens College). Recently, a project concerning heavy-duty capacitors based on organic supramolecules is started in collaboration with Dr. Pavel Lazarev (Capacitors Sciences, Inc., Palo Alto, CA). In another new project with Profs. M. Vittadello (Medgar Evers College of CUNY) and S. Minteer (University of Utah), hybrid structures combining artificial and natural parts in the same nanodevice will be explored.